We look today at the 4th Beatitude, traditionally read as "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness". What does it mean to hunger and thirst? And what is righteousness? What does it mean to be filled? And how does that help us move out of the closet into the world?
Today we connect the Beatitude "Flourishing are the humble, because they will inherit the earth" with Psalm 37. Jesus most likely directly quoted Psalm 37:11 when He spoke this Beatitude. And the humility called for is a humility born in a situation where it looks like evil has won the day.
Today we discuss the avalanche of sexual abuse (proven) accusations of the last months. We read John 7:53-8:11, a classic story of sexual abuse of the Harvey Weinstein/Larry Nassar caliber. What does the Bible teach us about how we should treat each other? We do not avoid asking ourselves the hard questions. For a visual portrayal of a piece of the story recorded in John, which was used in the sermon, click here.
Today we look at the first Beatitude, using Pennington's translation: "Flourishing are the poor in spirit, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs." And we spend time talking about how, in God's economy, it is in the crucible of struggle that we can flourish.
We read today from John 1:1-8. We combine the last Sunday of Advent with the Christmas story.
Today we talk about John's assertion that we are not alone in the universe - in Jesus God's space has touched our space, and that we know that has happened because we see grace and truth around us.
Mark 1:1-8 speaks of the beginning of the good news about Jesus Christ. He speaks of an adventure, a word which is related to the word "advent". With Advent we embark on the adventure of understadning and participating in the Good News.